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Oliff Family History

Oliff Name Meaning

English: from the Old Norse personal name Óleifr, a variant of Ólafr ‘Olaf’ (see Olsen). The name was always common in Scandinavia, and became popular also in northern Scotland and Ireland, which received Scandinavian colonists at an early date.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Aliff, Iliff, Cliff, Elliff, Topliff, Griff, Luff, Olliff, Olin, Liff

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Where is the Oliff family from?

You can see how Oliff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oliff family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Oliff families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 3 Oliff families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 60% of all the recorded Oliff's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Oliff families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Oliff surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Oliff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Oliff. 32% of Oliff men worked as a Farmer and 43% of Oliff women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oliff were Mechanic and Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Mechanic

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
  • Beautician
  • Clerk
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What Oliff family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Oliff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oliff census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 405 immigration records available for the last name Oliff. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 561 military records available for the last name Oliff. For the veterans among your Oliff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oliff lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2003, in the United States, Oliff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1985, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Oliff in 1962 was 58, and 81 in 2003.

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